The Fabulous Moolah: First Goddess of the Squared Circle

by Lillian Ellison with Larry Platt

Description: The Fabulous Moolah will go down as the greatest Woman's wrestling champion of all time. However, that doesn't necessarily mean it is TRUE. Moolah is an example of someone coming along at the right place and the right time and meeting the right people. The place, New York; the time, early 80s; the people, the McMahons. The McMahon family used a few loopholes and slightly rewrote history and claimed Moolah was Women's champion for "several decades". Moolah was THE GIRL when the WWF was expanding in the early 80s, and became the postergirl from Woman's wrestling when it was taken national, even though her best years were behind her.
This book..... okay, I admit it, I was pleasantly surprised. It was a great story. But as with many WWE-produced books, I'm not sure where truth begins and lies begin. It's flat out Moolah's perspective, and she dances around some of the issues that might diminish her status if people actually knew. I continually got the impression that Lillian couldn't see much further outside of "Moolah's World" and had a poor sense of the reality around her.

It seemed like every single page of this book resulted in me changing my opion of Lillian Ellison -- from good to bad, to good, back to bad, and so on. In all fairness she HAS done a lot for woman's wrestling, but she also did a lot of horrible things like screwing her roster of girl wrestlers out of unfair booking fees. I think this is a scar on what could have been a legendary career.

Rating: I give it a generous 5 out of 10. I enjoyed this book, but I wouldn't recommend that anybody MUST READ it. If you want a better look at the early days of Woman's professional wrestling then I recommend picking up Penny Banner's book..

Reviewed by Brad Dykens on January 31, 2005.

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